Several pieces of legislation apply in Ontario’s provincial parks such as the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006, the Liquor Licence Act and the Highway Traffic Act. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 contains rules about tobacco and cannabis and the Cannabis Control Act, 2017 contains rules about cannabis which apply in provincial parks.
In Ontario and Ontario’s provincial parks, smoking tobacco or cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette (vaping) is not permitted in areas including buildings; children’s playgrounds and 20 metres around the playground; or sporting areas such as volleyball and beach volleyball areas, designated swimming areas, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and 20 metres around the sporting or spectator areas.
Smoking tobacco or cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette (vaping), is permitted on a registered campsite in a provincial park.
For more information about Ontario’s rules for recreational cannabis use, please visit www.ontario.ca/cannabis.
What’s open and what’s closed at Ontario Parks?
How do I know what facilities or activities are available at the operating provincial park I wish to visit?
Are masks mandatory? / Do we have to wear a mask when visiting the park?
Will you supply masks?
Are homemade masks okay, such as cloth masks or bandannas?
Why won’t showers or laundry facilities be open this season?
Why isn’t the day use fee reduced if not all facilities and services are open yet?
Do I need a reservation to go camping in Ontario Parks?
How do I check in for my camping reservation?
What do I need to keep with me as proof of registration when I am using the backcountry?
Are there any restrictions for campground or backcountry camping due to Ontario’s current restrictions? What are the rules for camping?
Can I make a change to my reservation without incurring a change fee?
Can I make a future reservation for the 2020 camping season?
What’s the difference between a non-operating park and an operating park?
Can we visit with our friends on their campsite?
How you plan to handle physical distancing in the bathrooms?
What precautions will be put in place to keep your public washrooms clean?
How are you improving cleaning processes for Roofed Accommodations during COVID-19?
Why are some Roofed Accommodations not opening?
Are there any changes to the check-in Procedures for Roofed Accommodations?
Can I bring my pet with me to stay in roofed accommodation?
Can I return my 2020 Seasonal Day Use Vehicle Permit for a full refund?
Why will it take 4-6 weeks after Ontario Parks resumes full operations to process my refund?
Will Ontario Parks further extend the expiry date of seasonal day use vehicle permits?
Why are you renting canoes but not PFDs?
Will you be disinfecting campsites in between campers?
Can I only visit local parks, or can I travel to another area to visit a park there?
Are Ontario Parks still running Discovery Programs?
How do I follow safe handwashing practices if washrooms are unavailable at non-operating provincial parks and conservation reserves? Should I wear gloves or masks when at a park?
A Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, more commonly referred to as a drone, is an aircraft. Aircraft (including drones) cannot be taken into or operated in a provincial park without authorization from the park superintendent. If the park superintendent authorizes the operation of a drone, the drone pilot must:
Transport Canada is responsible for the regulation of drones and more information is available by following this link: https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety.html
Ontario Parks recognizes that the practice of scattering cremated remains is an important part of the religious beliefs of many families. Anyone who wishes to scatter the cremated remains of a loved one can do so in Ontario’s provincial parks on both land and in water.
Who do I contact?
It is recommended that you contact the Park Office in advance to arrange a suitable, accessible location within the park. Provincial parks that have a designated site are:
Forks of the Credit
As a reminder, all day-use visitors entering an Ontario provincial park must purchase a permit which allows the vehicle and its occupants to be in the park between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
What do I need to know?
Ontario’s provincial parks are dedicated to the people of Ontario and to visitors, for their inspiration, spiritual, education, health and recreational enjoyment – with the intention that these areas be managed to protect provincially significant natural and cultural features and preserved for future generations.
The Funeral Burial and Cremation Services Act prohibits the interment (burial) of human remains, including urns (containing ashes) except in a registered and operating cemetery.
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